Our Favorite Banana Bread.

This is our favorite banana bread! Sour cream banana bread is made with brown sugar, two bananas, butter and sour cream. I love to top it with chocolate chips for an extra treat! Oh my gosh, do we LOVE this banana bread. This is by far our family’s favorite banana bread recipe. We make it […]

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This is our favorite banana bread! Sour cream banana bread is made with brown sugar, two bananas, butter and sour cream. I love to top it with chocolate chips for an extra treat!

Oh my gosh, do we LOVE this banana bread.

sour cream banana bread

This is by far our family’s favorite banana bread recipe. We make it constantly – I’d say it’s been in the rotation for nearly two years now. I actually photographed it last year to share and never got around to it. Instead I ended up sharing our favorite banana muffins. And pumpkin muffins

sour cream banana bread

When it’s not the holiday season, we love to make a batch of muffins or a banana bread on sundays for the upcoming week. The kids love it for a snack, Max loves to have a little piece in his lunch and it makes me so happy that my kids love to bake. 

I also always wanted to be the mom who have a delicious snack on the counter a few days a week, so here we are. 

sour cream banana bread batter

Enter our favorite banana bread!

Now yes, I do have a bunch of other banana bread recipes. None as classic as this though. We do love this banana bread with espresso glaze. And this whole wheat coconut banana bread. And this almond butter roasted banana bread! All of them are super delicious.

But this one is more of a simple, traditional banana bread version like my mom still makes. It’s easy and straightforward. Plus, a little chocolate on top makes everything better.

our favorite banana bread

Here’s a few reasons why this banana bread is our favorite.

  • It only requires two bananas! Maybe three. Or two and a half. You only need one cup of mashed bananas, so it’s not super banana heavy. It also means you don’t need a whole bunch of bananas in order for this to work!
  • The sour cream makes the bread super tender and moist. You can also use plain greek yogurt! I’ve made it probably hundreds of times using both sour cream and greek yogurt. It’s interchangeable! 
  • The sprinkle of chocolate chips on top brings the perfect amount of chocolatey sweetness. I like it this way better than sprinkling chocolate chips in the batter. When they are on top like this, it’s almost like you get a chocolate crust on top of the bread. Just make sure they are in a single layer, otherwise they will mostly sink into the center! 
  • This is a classic banana bread that isn’t spiced at all. No nuts either. I’m strictly team no nuts in (most) desserts. 

sour cream banana bread

Is this a dessert though? Let’s be real – banana bread is just an excuse to eat cake and dessert for breakfast. And I’m not mad about it.  (more…)

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Hot Honey Bacon Wrapped Dates.

These bacon wrapped dates are a favorite snack! Dates stuffed with goat cheese, wrapped in bacon, cooked until crispy and warm and then drizzled in hot honey. Sweet and salty perfection! Hello best snack ever! This final recipe of the year may not be a pretty one, but it is DELISH. Savory. Sweet. Creamy. Cheesy. […]

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These bacon wrapped dates are a favorite snack! Dates stuffed with goat cheese, wrapped in bacon, cooked until crispy and warm and then drizzled in hot honey. Sweet and salty perfection!

Hello best snack ever!

hot honey bacon wrapped goat cheese stuffed dates

This final recipe of the year may not be a pretty one, but it is DELISH.

Savory.

Sweet.

Creamy.

Cheesy.

Crunchy.

Sticky.

Spicy.

hot honey bacon wrapped goat cheese stuffed dates

We are checking ALL the boxes here!!

Bacon wrapped goat cheese stuffed dates are nothing new or exceptionally exciting – I’ve made them for years and never thought they warranted an actual blog post. 

But then!

I went and drizzled them with hot honey while still hot and my life was forever changed.

goat cheese stuffed dates

If you need the perfect snack for new year’s eve or even new year’s day, these are it!

And they are really quite easy to throw together.

I have a few recipes for hot honey here on the blog – I always made it at home before it was readily available. But these days I can find it at Target (used to find it at ALDI too!) and the Mike’s version is pretty much everywhere. Plus, it’s super good.

All you need? A pack of dates, some bacon, goat cheese and the honey. That is IT!

 bacon wrapped goat cheese stuffed dates ready for the oven

I slice the date lengthwise, but not all the way through. Remove the pit, then stuff it with some goat cheese. Just this past week I made these with a chipotle goat cheese which was also incredible, so a flavored version would work too!

Once the dates are all stuffed, wrapped half a slice of bacon around them. I don’t like the bacon to be layered – it can overlap slightly, but only use a half slice so it cooks through and gets crispy. I secure the bacon with a toothpick! This also makes it easy to serve the bacon wrapped dates. (more…)

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How to Make a Vegan “Charcuterie” Board

It’s party time, friends! We don’t know about you, but nothing says “party” to us more than an abundance of delicious, beautiful, and satisfying snacks — and nothing says “snacks” better than a charcuterie board!
When crafting this delectable display, …

How to Make a Vegan “Charcuterie” Board

It’s party time, friends! We don’t know about you, but nothing says “party” to us more than an abundance of delicious, beautiful, and satisfying snacks — and nothing says “snacks” better than a charcuterie board!

When crafting this delectable display, we made sure to hit all the marks (salty, sweet, savory, and spicy!) while keeping it super versatile and approachable.

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Make This Pink Peppermint Popcorn Over Holiday Break!

This peppermint popcorn is so fun and festive! Popcorn drizzled with white chocolate and topped with crunchy peppermint, then tossed with marshmallows. Perfect for snacking during the holiday season! Holiday week just got a whole lot sweeter! And snackier. As if we need more snacks right now. I can already see all the snacks in […]

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This peppermint popcorn is so fun and festive! Popcorn drizzled with white chocolate and topped with crunchy peppermint, then tossed with marshmallows. Perfect for snacking during the holiday season!

Holiday week just got a whole lot sweeter!

pink peppermint white chocolate popcorn

And snackier. As if we need more snacks right now. I can already see all the snacks in the near future and how two weeks from now, I’ll want nothing but “a real meal!”

But for now, peppermint popcorn. With pink sprinkles and candy cane fun. 

Along with a big old white chocolate drizzle.

Of course, you can do a milk or dark chocolate drizzle too! All work. All are super ridiculously delicious. 

pink peppermint white chocolate popcorn

This is the PERFECT snack to make and cozy up with on the couch while you watch Christmas Vacation or The Holiday or The Family Stone or Four Christmases. Those are all some of my fave! Home Alone gets lots of votes in our house too right now. First and second.

So grab a bowl of this and a mug of hot chocolate and let’s get to it!

stovetop popcorn

Our house has turned into a very pro-popcorn house recently.

I’ve always been rather “meh” on popcorn. It’s not something I necessarily crave, but then once I start eating it, I can’t stop!

However, in the last few years it has really become a favorite snack. And now that my kids are enjoying it so much, we have it often.

pink peppermint white chocolate popcorn

Growing up, my dad made legit popcorn. Right on the stove, in a big pot with oil. No microwave. He loved it! I liked it, but he didn’t use salt or butter so my kids taste buds weren’t immediately sold. Either way, it’s been a go-to snack in the family for as long as I can remember.

I use the classic pop method as often as I can here and I really love using coconut oil in the pot. You can use whatever you have on hand or if you’re in a pinch, just make a bag of microwaved popcorn and sprinkle it with fancy things!

pink peppermint white chocolate popcorn

Here’s how it goes down:

  • Pop your popcorn! You can drizzle on a little butter after if you wish, but I don’t find that it needs it.
  • Drizzle it with melted white chocolate! Or milk or dark – whatever you love the most. 
  • Add on some pink sprinkles. Add on some crushed candy canes or even these Andes peppermint chunks. We love them so much, but you need to get them early in the season because they always sell out.
  • Throw in some marshmallows if you wish! Classic plain mini marshmallows or even these pink ones or pretty peppermint marshmallows
  • Serve it with hot chocolate. Or champagne. Cozy up under a blanket and grab a book or a movie. SO FUN!

(more…)

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Easy Almond Brittle (4 Ingredients!)

The idea for this brittle came to me one night when I was about to drift off to sleep (as many ideas do). I dreamt of a brittled almond cookie with serious crunch, so we started there. But after a few failed attempts we stopped trying to separate them …

Easy Almond Brittle (4 Ingredients!)

The idea for this brittle came to me one night when I was about to drift off to sleep (as many ideas do). I dreamt of a brittled almond cookie with serious crunch, so we started there. But after a few failed attempts we stopped trying to separate them into clumps and just made almond brittle on a baking sheet, and it was the best, happiest semi-accidental decision ever! 

What’s it like? This is like grown-up peanut brittle but with wholesome almonds, natural sweeteners, and no butter in sight.

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Spinach Artichoke Pull-Apart Bread

This post is sponsored by ALDI! This spinach artichoke bread is incredible! A loaf of buttery bread sliced and stuffed with melty, cheese spinach artichoke dip and then baked to perfect. It’s a dreamy snack or appetizer that everyone loves! The only way to make spinach artichoke dip better? Put it in bread! Oh yes. […]

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This post is sponsored by ALDI! This spinach artichoke bread is incredible! A loaf of buttery bread sliced and stuffed with melty, cheese spinach artichoke dip and then baked to perfect. It’s a dreamy snack or appetizer that everyone loves!

The only way to make spinach artichoke dip better? Put it in bread!

spinach artichoke pull apart bread

Oh yes. It’s time to stuff your favorite party dip inside some bread and bake it. The end result is a cheesy dip melting over golden toasty bread for all your snacking needs. This is the ultimate party food and you won’t be able to resist!

spinach, artichoke, cheese, sour cream

I love a good pull apart bread. I’ve made them with yeasted dough recipes from scratch and with bread loaves. Both are divine! I mean, anytime there is a pull-apart bread creation served with a meal, it’s the most talked about and most devoured. BecauseI love experimenting with different flavors and ingredients here and today, we’re going with a classic favorite dip.

ingredients from ALDI

I am so excited to be partnering with ALDI again this holiday season, bringing you this simple yet incredible dish that you can throw together for the holidays. Whether you’re planning for your holiday meal, a festive gathering with friends, Christmas morning brunch or even a fun family movie night, ALDI has everything you need to make the magic happen.

And by magic, of course I mean the food. Of course!

spinach artichoke mixture

Let me just tell you that ALDI is jam-packed with the most delicious, high-quality ingredients this season. They have all the things – abundant seasonal produce, top-of-the-line meats, all the crackers and cheese you may need for your cheese board and every baking ingredient you need to make the perfect holiday treat box. Better yet, you can find all of these items at incredible, affordable prices.

bread sliced and stuffed with spinach artichoke dip

I hit up the bread aisle and grabbed our favorite Specially Selected Italian Bread to make this spinach artichoke pull-apart bread. I LOVE making a dish like this – it is so, so easy and always a huge hit at any party – with adults and kids both. 

spinach artichoke pull apart bread ready for the oven

Here’s what you need for the spinach artichoke pull-apart bread:

  • A bread loaf, of course! I use the Specially Selected Italian Bread. You can also use their Sourdough Round! The key is to cut a checkerboard pattern into the bread, never slicing the entire way through.
  • I make a classic-ish spinach artichoke dip. This includes cream cheese and sour cream, along with the star ingredients like Simply Nature Organic Baby Spinach, Tuscan Garden Artichoke Hearts, Emporium Selection Aged Reserve White Cheddar and Parmesan Cheese. 
  • To bring this together, you make the dip and literally stuff it into the crevices in the bread. There is no right or wrong here, no perfection. I like to use a knife to help push the dip down as far as I can into the slices. Some little pieces of bread may fall out – just stick them right back in! The bread will look messy and that’s okay!
  • Brush the entire thing with melted butter and bake it. The bread gets golden and toasty, the dip melts into it. Some of the cheese will get golden and crisp and the burnt edges are the best part. 

spinach artichoke pull apart bread

I can’t even explain how much everyone LOVES this dish. They go absolutely crazy over it. Think about filling delicious crusty Italian bread with a super cheesy dip and baking it. I mean… oh my gosh. It’s the BEST. (more…)

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Chili Crunch Baked Feta.

This chili crunch baked feta is the easiest appetizer ever! It only takes two ingredients – feta and spicy chili crunch – baked and served with crackers or pita chips. It’s heaven! Easiest snack ever, coming right up!  This chili crunch baked feta is so embarrassingly easy but so incredibly delicious. Put it in your […]

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This chili crunch baked feta is the easiest appetizer ever! It only takes two ingredients – feta and spicy chili crunch – baked and served with crackers or pita chips. It’s heaven!

Easiest snack ever, coming right up! 

chili crunch baked feta

This chili crunch baked feta is so embarrassingly easy but so incredibly delicious. Put it in your recipe book as a staple appetizer, because it’s so simple to throw together when you need something quick.

feta cheese in baking dish

YES, I have ANOTHER appetizer here for you today!! And guess what? It’s even easier than last week’s holiday hummus.

First off, it’s only TWO ingredients. TWO!

Oh wait, actually three including the olive oil. Three ingredients. 

The best part is that these ingredients are all things you can keep on hand. Sure, the feta isn’t exactly a pantry staple, but a block will stay fresh in the fridge for quite a while so I suggest grabbing these things to have on hand for snack or friend emergencies. 

spicy chili crunch

I know that baked feta has been a trend here in the last year, but I first baked feta almost a decade ago. It is one of my favorite things ever. Slightly melted but still set enough to sit on a cracker. That’s perfect! 

This baked feta is even easier than the one I shared in 2021. Really.

chili crunch baked feta

This is how it goes down:

I drizzle the feta with some olive oil. Bake it until slightly soft and warm and melty with a golden top.

Then add a few spoonfuls of spicy chili crunch on top. However much you want! Get the crunchy part and the oil. Drizzle it all over.

Serve with crackers, pita chips, anything. It’s THE BEST.

That is it. Boom.

chili crunch baked feta

Now let’s talk about my chili crunch obsession. It’s a new obsession for me. I mean, I first had it years ago, but I recently fell in love with it.

The love surprised me! I don’t enjoy super spicy things at all. But this chili crunch changed the game for me. It’s my favorite one, the only brand I absolutely love.

That brand is NOT overly spicy. In fact, it’s barely spicy. Like I’d give it a two on a spice level of ten. Which is what I prefer.

It’s also SO incredibly crunchy. There is so much crisp and crunch and umami flavor that I could practically eat it with a spoon. I like it on everything.

chili crunch baked feta

Perhaps the best part of this recipe? It’s that there IS NO RECIPE.

It’s true. You can get away with whatever you have here.

Any size of feta block works. The chili crunch comes in a jar, so use as many spoonfuls as you wish. It really depends on how much you love the chili crunch flavor.  (more…)

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Pumpkin Cranberry Cheeseball.

This pumpkin cranberry cheeseball is so flavorful. Make it ahead of time to serve on Thanksgiving. Made with blue cheese, dried cranberries and pumpkin, rolled in almonds and herbs. It’s delicious! Serve with crackers or chips. Say hello to this week’s snack!  The truth is, I’ve always been torn on Thanksgiving snacks. I hate serving […]

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This pumpkin cranberry cheeseball is so flavorful. Make it ahead of time to serve on Thanksgiving. Made with blue cheese, dried cranberries and pumpkin, rolled in almonds and herbs. It’s delicious! Serve with crackers or chips.

Say hello to this week’s snack! 

pumpkin cranberry cheeseball

The truth is, I’ve always been torn on Thanksgiving snacks. I hate serving a bunch of things before the huge meal, because then guests aren’t as hungry!

But on the other hand, I love having guests over early, like a few hours before the meal. And of course there has to be food for that. Good, cozy food. 

pumpkin cranberry cheeseball before rolling

I often just do a cheeseboard. I’ll probably do one this year too! Nothing overly extravagant, but one with the GOOD cheeses.

And I may throw in a cheeseball to keep it fancy. 

The key to any Thanksgiving snack or appetizers? You have to be able to make it ahead of time. The further ahead you can make it, the better!

That way, it’s the least of your worries while you’re prepping a big meal. 

pumpkin cranberry cheeseball

I could probably turn this into a cheeseball blog at this point because I have so many good ones. And this is no exception!

pumpkin cranberry cheeseball

This pumpkin cranberry cheeseball is so flavorful. It also has blue cheese in it which makes for the most delicious flavor – rich, tangy, sweet and savory. Make it a few days ahead of time, which allows the ingredients to marry even more. Then it really tastes amazing!

pumpkin cranberry cheeseball

This is super easy to make!

  • I mix everything together a day or two before and form it into a ball. Wrap it in plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge.
  • Once it’s been refrigerated for a bit, I go back in and roll the ball to be a bit more smooth. Simple as that! This isn’t required but it does help it look pretty.
  • Before serving, roll it in some chopped almonds and herbs. THAT’S IT!
  • I love to serve it with all sorts of crackers. You could also do chips. Or even veggie sticks of some kind. 

pumpkin cranberry cheeseball

My number one favorite cheeseball is this pomegranate jeweled cheeseball! Especially for Thanksgiving – it’s so pretty and also delicious. I also have this spiced orange cheeseball which is wonderful for the holiday season. Then of course I also have a bunch of mini cheeseball recipes

My grandma was the queen of the easy cheeseball. Then it was my mom. They had one at every gathering and it’s just so good. Such an easy app to make for a crowd and it goes a long way. 

pumpkin cranberry cheeseball

This cheeseball is loaded with festive flavors of the season and could not be better! (more…)

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Chipotle Cheddar Baked Pork Taquitos.

These chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos are sponsored by The National Pork Board. They’re crispy and crunchy, served loaded with toppings. So good for snacking or dinner. Even easier if you use leftover pulled pork! This flavorful dinner is going to be a showstopper on your menu! Because it’s time to put some pulled pork […]

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These chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos are sponsored by The National Pork Board. They’re crispy and crunchy, served loaded with toppings. So good for snacking or dinner. Even easier if you use leftover pulled pork!

This flavorful dinner is going to be a showstopper on your menu!

chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos

Because it’s time to put some pulled pork in your taquito and eat it.

A crispy shell on the outside, filled with tender and flavorful smoky pulled pork. The crunch and crispness is incredible. I love to serve it with the traditional lettuce, tomato and pickled onions, but for this recipe, I took it up a notch!

slow cooker pulled pork

We have a corn and avocado salsa along with a delicious chipotle lime crema drizzle. You do NOT want to sit on this recipe!

You can make it for a game day snack, a weeknight meal or even a dinner party. The options are endless.

chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos with crema

I’m excited to be partnering with the National Pork Board again for today’s post! I’m working with them this year on their United States of Pork campaign, and today I wanted to take one of our favorite recipes and remix it with pork.

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know that we love any and all tex-mex recipes. I will put a taco spin on just about ANYTHING! It’s easily the cuisine we eat the most of and truly, you really can turn anything into a taco. Who would complain about that?

avocado corn salsa

So I took our favorite baked taquito recipe and instead of using chicken or beef or beans, threw in some pulled pork.

OH MY WORD.

This is absolutely delicious. So flavorful and crunchy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. 

chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos

I cook the pork shoulder in the slow cooker first. I often do this on the weekend or even overnight, just to get a batch of our favorite pulled pork. This means that I can freeze a portion and use it for dinners for the week too! 

Here’s the thing: I love how versatile pork is. I can usually swap out another protein that I use and replace it with pork in a recipe. Which is my favorite thing! It always adds a uniqueness to the dish and keeps me from getting bored with my favorite recipes. Our usual family favorites can be made with pork and it’s something we all love.

chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos

Our crispy baked pork taquitos require this:

  • A batch of pulled pork, of course. I flavor mine with smoked paprika and garlic and cook it in a small splash of beer for extra flavor. You can definitely use leftover pulled pork here – it’s the easiest!
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I use the pepper and the adobo sauce to bring a smoky flavor to our taquitos and the crema that we drizzle on top! 
  • Grated cheddar cheese. I’m never going to say no to this! Cheddar gets stuffed into our tortillas with the pork resulting in the most flavorful cheesy filling.
  • We also need sour cream for the filling, which brings more creamy tenderness to our pork taquitos. You don’t want to skip this! We also use it in our crema drizzle.
  • Corn and avocado create our makeshift salsa for the top of the taquitos. It adds a creamy sweetness along with more satiety to the dish.
  • All the toppings! I love to add lettuce, tomatoes, pickled onions and the crema, but you can choose whatever you love! Maybe pickled jalapenos? Cotija cheese?

chipotle cheddar baked pork taquitos

The best part about this is that it’s a great recipe to make when you have leftover pulled pork! You know I love my pulled pork – I’ve made many versions of pulled pork sandwiches, put pulled pork on pizza, stuffed it inside of peppers and even served it alongside vegetables. 

You can make a batch of pulled pork for this recipe alone, or you can use leftovers from another recipe! The versatility is wonderful. And it’s the fun dinner! (more…)

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Chili Lime Roasted Pepitas (5 Ingredients!)

Friends, do you ever wonder how restaurants transform seemingly simple salads and bowls into beautiful and complex dishes? Delicious dressings are one part of the answer, and crunchy toppings are the other! The solution for stepping up your salad game:…

Chili Lime Roasted Pepitas (5 Ingredients!)

Friends, do you ever wonder how restaurants transform seemingly simple salads and bowls into beautiful and complex dishes? Delicious dressings are one part of the answer, and crunchy toppings are the other! The solution for stepping up your salad game: Chili Lime Roasted Pepitas! Not only do they transform salads and bowls, but they’re also super snack-able

These crunchy, roasty-toasty goodies happen to be oil-free and require just 1 pan, 5 ingredients, and 15 minutes to prepare!

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